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European Retail Briefing - February 2019

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment - French retailers are investing again in city centres
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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  1. Analyst Comment – French retailers are investing again in city centres

      • What we've seen
        • Urban stores are flourishing
          • IKEA to open in Paris in May
            • What about food?
              • New solutions for new consumer behaviour
                • What it means
                • European Retail Sales

                  • Key points
                      • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
                      • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2018-19
                      • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2018-19
                  • Launch Activity and Innovations

                    • France: Carrefour using AI to optimize supply chain
                      • Italy: Lidl launches same-day online delivery service
                        • France: IKEA to open first city centre store in Paris
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Department stores
                                • Electrical retailing
                                  • Home shopping
                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                    • News Analysis – Food & Drink

                                      • Grocers
                                        • Belgium: Ahold Delhaize announces update on brand strategy in Belgium
                                          • France: Carrefour hatches to plan to save hypermarkets
                                            • France: Groupe Casino total sales up 1.4% in home market
                                              • France: Système U posts 2.3% increase in turnover in full-year 2018
                                                • Germany: Rewe to trial selling loose organic fruit and vegetables
                                                  • Italy: Despar
                                                    • … posts 5.4% growth in private-label sales
                                                      • …opens two Eurospar stores
                                                        • …responds to the rise in obesity
                                                          • Italy: Esselunga sales rise 2.1%
                                                            • Italy: Selex investing in private labels
                                                              • Spain: investment group launches €300 million takeover bid for DIA
                                                                • UK: Asda
                                                                  • …expanding tower lockers for click & collect
                                                                    • …wins landmark ruling in legal battle over equal pay
                                                                      • UK: Booths posts 3% increase in Christmas sales
                                                                        • UK: Lidl Christmas sales increase 8% year-on-year
                                                                          • UK: Lidl’s new warehouse creates 400 new jobs
                                                                            • UK: Morrisons and Waitrose launch fresh plastic crackdowns
                                                                              • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                • …Asda merger delayed by 2 months
                                                                                  • …extending to trial to help customers with hidden disabilities
                                                                                    • …piloting a meat-alternative section in its meat and fish aisle
                                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                                        • …confirms 9,000 jobs at risk as it axes fresh food counters
                                                                                          • …launches new training programme with Jamie Oliver
                                                                                            • …may cut up to 15,000 jobs
                                                                                              • …reports strong Christmas sales
                                                                                                • UK: Waitrose introduces same day sushi delivery
                                                                                                  • Specialist food & drink retailing
                                                                                                    • UK: Hotel Chocolat group revenue up by 15%
                                                                                                      • UK: Oddbins
                                                                                                        • …owner files intention to appoint administrators
                                                                                                          • …officially enters administration
                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                            • Belgium: New Look files for insolvency
                                                                                                              • Europe: Primark sales up 4% over the festive period
                                                                                                                • Europe: River Island closing all stores in Belgium and the Netherlands
                                                                                                                  • Germany: Monsoon Accessorize files for insolvency
                                                                                                                    • UK: Bonmarché Christmas sales in line with previous revised guidance
                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry warns of potential cost hits if no-deal Brexit happens
                                                                                                                        • UK: Cambridge Satchel Company opening flagship store in Seven Dials
                                                                                                                          • UK: discounting at Matalan helped draw in Christmas shoppers
                                                                                                                            • UK: FatFace sales improve following tough start to Christmas trading
                                                                                                                              • UK: H&M rolling out new retail store concepts
                                                                                                                                • UK: Jack Wills calls in advisers to assess financial position
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Levi’s report 9% increase in net revenue for its fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Monsoon asks landlords for rent reductions
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Moss Bros reports improved sales in fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                        • UK: New Look strikes a deal to cut £1.3 billion debt pile
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Quiz Christmas sales below expectations
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Radley partnering with Ascot Racecourse for exclusive collection
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ralph Lauren opening new store at Liverpool One
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Seasalt enjoys a record breaking Christmas
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sir Philip Green to conduct a review of Arcadia store estate
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Swarovski opening new Peterborough store
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Whistles ending its menswear range
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wild & Gorgeous enters administration
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Clarks staff to teach children literacy skills as they fit their shoes
                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                            • UK: B&M posts 1.6% fall in like-for-like revenues in its third quarter
                                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches AI-powered photo search on mobile site
                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches loose fruit and veg trial
                                                                                                                                                                      • …poaches new head of food online from Tesco
                                                                                                                                                                        • …new take-back scheme recycles plastic into playground equipment
                                                                                                                                                                          • …reportedly in talks with Ocado to launch online grocery service
                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales down 2.2%
                                                                                                                                                                              • …to close more stores affecting 1,045 staff
                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Karstadt-Kaufhof merger has already cost 2,600 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …chair Ian Cheshire and chief executive Sergio Bucher voted off the board
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …like-for-like sales tumble 3.4% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Fortnum & Mason posts double-digit growth over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House of Fraser Intu stores saved from closure
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …closing down Knight & Lee store in Southsea
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Qubist partnership allows for staff to take part in social media marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Morleys posts one of its best-ever Christmas trading periods
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Selfridges to sell bug bars in food hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Robert Dyas swings to loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Ceconomy putting its alliance with Fnac Darty on hold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Samsung to replace plastic packaging with sustainable alternatives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Superfi ceases trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …rescued by Sunrise Records
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …flagship Oxford Street store to shut down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Mike Ashley in rescue bid for HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …potential buyer emerges for HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: DFS reported a 10% rise in gross sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Heal’s warehouse suffers huge fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …opens new store in Greenwich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to trial furniture rental scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ScS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …faces battle with Mike Ashley over bid for sofa.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …pulls out of running to buy furniture specialist Sofa.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dunelm to sponsor ITV’s This Morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Douglas and Indie Beauty Media Group announce new partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Lush opening high-tech concept store in Manchester
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Fragrance Shop Christmas trading boosted by online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Paperchase considering a CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Smiggle plans to negotiate rent costs with landlords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Works reports first half loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: WHSmith Christmas sales boosted by travel sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports on track to hit the higher end of market expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wyevale confirms sale of another six stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online Shopping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Vente-Unique reports seventh consecutive year of double-digit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Air & Grace sales soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: AO.com posts record November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to launch own-brand homeware collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …partners with dance company Candoco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Boohoo raises profit guidance following strong Christmas quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Emma Mattress Q4 sales surge 170% after Boxing Day success
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Farfetch to prohibit the sale of fur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Findel posts record-breaking sales over the Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Made.com full year revenue hits £100 million mark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Missguided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …closing London store just over two years since it opened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …introduces pay later product to its app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: MySale warns of first half loss as revenues drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: N Brown Group sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …losses widen but sales grow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to trial one-hour delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …high-tech robotic distribution centre left severely damaged after fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …records 3.7% upturn in revenue in the run-up to Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reviewing 225 HQ staff roles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Miscellaneous Specialists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Halfords warns on profits as Christmas sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Pets at Home retail like-for-likes up 4.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Blokker sells Maxi Toys to Portuguese investment fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Game Digital UK like-for-likes down 0.3% during Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Games Workshop reports increase in both its half year sales and profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Entertainer records Christmas sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: December retail sales up by 2.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Network Rail posts 2.3% growth in total retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: retail sales down 0.7% on a like-for-like basis in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: shop price inflation edges up to highest rate since 2013

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